tv ABC World News With David Muir ABC March 24, 2016 5:30pm-6:01pm PDT
>> well done. >> world news tonight is next. i'm breaking news tonight. the terror attacks and what u.s. authorities have now discovered. they believe they know who that mystery man is. tonight, investigators say two of the suicide bombers, two brothers, had nuclear ambitions. ten hours of their own surveillance, now discovered. what they were recording. and the basketball player from the u.s., the image from the airport seen around the world. tonight, our interview right here. the young father talking about his little girls back in michigan. the race for the white house. this donald trump tweet putting an image of ted cruz's wife next to melania trump. late today, ted cruz lashing out. >> donald, you're a sniveling coward and leave heidi the hell alone. severe weather hitting right now. the hail, the dangerous winds. major highways shut down after a blizzard buries much of the country.
grounded. the flight attendant under arrest, caught on surveillance. what she was allegedly bringing onto the passenger jet. and we remember an american comedian and actor tonight who made so many of us laugh. good evening, as we come on the air tonight, several breaking developments, after the terror attacks here in brussels. we have just learned that u.s. authorities now believe they know that mystery suspect in that airport surveillance, the man at the center of an urgent international hunt. our justice team, standing by with that tonight. but this evening, investigators here also revealing something else. a possible nuclear plot. we have new reporting tonight on two of the bombing suspects, two brothers, authorities say they were secretly recording a top nuclear scientist. they had conducted hours of their own surveillance. and the central concern tonight, how many suspects in this terror cell are still alive, and what were their nuclear ambitions?
abc's alex marquardt, here in brussels, leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, chilling new evidence that the terrorists who unleashed chaos in brussels may have been plotting an even more sinister attack. security sources now revealing that brothers khalid and ibrahim el bakraoui had been spying on a top belgian nuclear scientist, using a hidden camera to film him as he went in and out of his home. ten hours of video discovered. their goal unclear, but western officials have long feared isis might try to build a dirty bomb. two of belgium's nuclear sites had been partially evacuated after tuesday's deadly attacks. both brothers, suicide bombers that day. ibrahim el bakraoui at the airport. he's the man in the middle. khalid exploding his bomb in this subway car. sending terrified passengers scrambling out into the darkness. today, belgium's justice minister admitting they ignored a warning that may have prevented the attacks.
both brothers had known terror connections. khalid, the subject of an international arrest warrant for his ties to the paris attacks. and ibrahim deported from turkey last year. turkish officials saying they warned belgium he was a, quote, "foreign terrorist fighter." there's an all-out manhunt for two other surviving terrorists still thought to be on the loose. the man in the black hat from that airport surveillance image. and now, another man, seen in the metro just before the bombing. the second suspect was spotted by a surveillance camera, which are all over the metro system like the one right here. he was seen on the platform with the suicide bomber, khalid el bakraoui, who then got on a train and detonated his explosives as it pulled away. tonight, police setting up roadblocks at the border, searching the trunks of cars near the airport and patting down anyone heading into the subway. searching their bags, too. this city still very much on high alert. >> and alex marquardt joins me live from right here in brussels
tonight. alex, we're also learning, while we're on the air tonight, that french authorities have stopped what they believe could be another plot outside paris? >> reporter: that's right, david. there's an ongoing police operation just outside of paris. the police have said they've arrested a man who is connected to a terrorist group, and just moments ago, the french interior minister saying they foiled a terror plot which was at an advanced stage. david? europe tonight grappling tonight with its new reality. >> all right, alex, our thanks to you. and now, to that mystery suspect seen in that airport surveillance. tonight, u.s. authorities believe they know who he is, so, let's get right to our senior justice correspondent pierre thomas, who has been working his sources late today. pierre, what have you learned? >> reporter: david, sources tell abc news they believe they've identified the mystery man in that tan jacket, seen in the photograph with the two other bombers at the brussels airport. we're told the man's name is on a u.s. terror watch list, but that name is not being made public. tonight, as we've been reporting, there's an intense manhunt under way to find this suspect, and to make sure he's not planning more attacks. and sources are also telling us
tonight that the two brothers believed to be the brussels suicide bombers were also in u.s. terrorism databases, meaning they likely would have been flagged if they tried to get into this country. david, tonight, one official tells me the prospect of more attacks in europe is quite high. >> pierre thomas live in our washington bureau. pierre, thank you. and this evening, we have stunning new images showing the power of those bombs. and what the victims went through. nearly 300 were hurt by flying shrapnel and debris, and doctors tonight revealing to authorities here some of the bomb fragments pulled from the survivors in area hospitals. chunks of twisted metal and so many victims are still recovering. and this evening, our interview with the basketball player who was headed back to the united states when he was hit by those explosions, his young family back in michigan. the former college basketball player was a star for oakland. tonight, what he told us from his hospital bed. this is the image of sebastian bellin that went all over the world.
hit by the explosion in the airport, thrown to the floor and then pieces of the ceiling pouring down on the basketball player. he told me, all he could think of were his wife and two young daughters, back in michigan. what did you see? >> i just saw -- i remember seeing an explosion. the first explosion near the pharmacy at the airport. and i turned my head and i saw all these people running. and something hit me, like, i got shot in the hip. and i fell to the ground. but my leg was completely severed. i was just -- that way, i was going that way, and i was just in shock. i couldn't move anything. >> what did it sound like? >> it happened so quick. it was just a deafening, just a -- you know, it was just like -- and then, the ceiling starts falling, and, so, you really don't know what's happening. and then, like, six firemen picked me up and wheeled me all the way back to the emergency
area. and when i got there, i remember seeing two little kids to my right, you know, and their little hands were up in the air and -- and then -- the whole time, i was just -- i was just trying -- i told myself, i'm going to make it, i'm going to make it, i'm going to make it. and when i got to -- well, i got in the ambulance, and then i knew i was good. >> in the moment, you're thinking about your wife and your kids? >> yeah. something like that. i just didn't want -- i just don't want my girls to grow up without a dad, you know? it's funny how many things you think of, you know, i started playing tennis with my 7-year-old. she's a hell of a tennis player, and so, i was like, man.
i got to get through this, you know? because she needs her coach. it may seem so trivial, but it gets you through those moments. >> thinking about how you have to get home to coach her? >> yeah. >> we showed him the image seen by so many. you've seen that? >> no, i haven't seen that. i was just trying, i guess, limit my moves as much as possible, because i was in a pool of blood, i mean, it was -- there was blood everywhere, so, i didn't want to lose it. and you're looking at your leg and you're thinking, how am i still alive? >> his wife on her way to brussels tonight. our coverage of the brussels terror attack. there is a lot of other news to get to, and so, back home this evening, and perhaps a new low in the race for president. the focus turning to the wives of two of the republican candidates. senator ted cruz coming out swinging today, blasting donald trump for a retweet with pictures of the two wives,
side-by-side, and the comments made about cruz's wife. trump had already threatened to, quote, spill the beans on heidi cruz, after an image of melania trump was used in an ad supporting cruz. abc's tom llamas on the campaign trail for us again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, an enraged ted cruz looking right into our camera to deliver this message to donald trump. >> donald, you're a sniveling coward and leave heidi the hell alone. >> reporter: the texas senator wasn't done there, firing back after trump retweeted this image, cruz's wife in an unflattering pose next to melania trump. >> it is not acceptable for a big, loud, new york bully to attack my wife. >> reporter: the feud started when an anti-trump super-pac released this digital ad, showing a nude photo of trump's wife from an old photo shoot that we had to blur. the banner reading, "meet melania trump. your next first lady." >> it was framed in such a way like it was really a terrible
thing, and it was sent to a certain group. and i thought it was disgraceful. and ted cruz knew better. >> reporter: trump taking to twitter. "be careful, lyin' ted, or i will spill the beans on your wife." and tonight, still standing by that cryptic threat. >> i wrote, i said, be careful, because, otherwise, i'll be -- i'll have to start talking about your situation. >> reporter: cruz maintaining he had nothing to do with the original ad, calling it completely inappropriate. and today, trump's old foe, fox news' megyn kelly, weighing in on trump's latest counterpunch, tweeting, "seriously?" cruz today describing kelly as exactly the kind of woman that trump is threatened by. >> donald doesn't like strong women. strong women scare donald. >> reporter: and david, tonight, the trump campaign is responding. trump's campaign manager saying this about senator cruz -- "this is his effort to gain attention to try and stay relevant in a race that he has lost." david? >> tom llamas with us tonight. tom, thank you. next tonight here, to the families, the passengers
stranded in the denver airport after the blizzard that slammed a good part of this country. major interstates in colorado shut down. more than a foot of snow in some areas. the airport is slowly coming back to life, but many remain trapped there tonight. abc's clayton sandell on that, and on the severe weather hitting right now. >> reporter: the swirling mess of spring storms is threatening the south tonight. it's the same system that knocked texas with funnel clouds, lightning and hail. >> it just got really loud, and then our window just bust through. >> reporter: in kansas and oklahoma, it's the wind supercharging this grass fire, exploding to nearly 400,000 acres. in colorado, a blizzard, trapping hundreds of drivers overnight. some rescued by armored police trucks. if you ever get stranded in your car, and, clearly, this one is not going anywhere, officials say the best advice is to have an emergency kit and stay in your car until you can be rescued. in denver, planes are moving again, after the airport shut
down for the first time in ten years. but hundreds are still stuck in a backlog of more than 1,700 canceled flights. >> frontier said they could get us back to memphis next tuesday. >> next tuesday! >> reporter: next tuesday? >> yes. >> reporter: the ratterman family spent the last night of their vacation camping in the airport. >> this is, as i said, our humble abode. baggage claim number three, come on in. >> reporter: right now, the denver area is getting a bit of a break from the severe weather, but there is more snow expected here tomorrow night. david? >> thank you. and let's get right to chief meteorologist ginger zee tonight, tracking it. ginger? >> reporter: david, this is a fast-moving storm with two prongs. you have the southern end with the severe storms, still some tornado watches and severe thunderstorm watches that will go through the evening hours. then, as that low pressure system tracks into the northeast, we're really going to focus on the warm front. snow and ice along there. freezing rain advisories and even some winter storm warnings that stretch into parts of new england. we're going to watch that go through your friday. david? >> ginger, thank you.
overseas tonight, and judgment day for the man called the butcher of bosnia. former bosnian-serb leader radovan karadzic found guilty of genocide. a u.n. court sentencing him to 40 years in prison. convicted of crimes against humanity during the bosnian war in the 1990s, including the mass killing of nearly 8,000 men and boys. more than 100,000 people killed in that civil war. back to the u.s., and to the flight attendant caught on surveillance. that attendant, in court today, accused of trying to smuggle nearly 70 pounds of cocaine through security. the former beauty queen making a run for it, leaving her bags and shoes behind when she was selected for random screening. tonight, her case, and the pilot, also in trouble with the law. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: this jet blue flight attendant, a former jamaican beauty queen, in custody tonight, accused of trying to sneak this, nearly 70 pounds of cocaine through airport security. marsha gay reynolds was caught on los angeles security cameras in street clothes friday, as she
used her airline badge to try to get through the known crew member security line. but she grew nervous when randomly selected for a secondary search. as tsa officers prepared to search her bags, the former nyu track runner kicks off her heels and bolts, running down the up escalator, fleeing. turning herself in yesterday in new york, where a judge will let her out tomorrow on a half million dollars bail. her family came to her defense. >> she may not have been fully aware of what was in the bags. >> reporter: meanwhile, another airline dealing with an employee charged with a crime. united pilot bruce wallis tonight accused of running brothels, promoting prostitution in houston. both airlines say they are cooperating with law enforcement. jet blue has suspended the flight attendant, and united says the pilot has been removed from his flying duties. david? >> david kerley, thank you. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the driver, her car plummeting from a four-story parking garage. all of it on surveillance. how she survived this. also ahead, first erin
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finally tonight, we learned of a loss late today, and so, this evening, we celebrate an american original. here's abc's david wright. >> this is his first time, so make him feel welcome. welcome garry shandling. >> reporter: like so many comedians, garry shandling got his big break from johnny carson. >> thank you. wow, that's very nice. i'm so excited to be here. i had a great day. i went to the bank earlier today, and -- >> reporter: he did so well, he ended up guest hosting, a lot. >> here's garry shandling! ♪ this is the theme to garry's show ♪ >> reporter: he got his own
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dash cam video shows video of the so called bearded bandit. and witness accounts of a mail carrier attacking a wild turkey. plus. a facility solving microscopic problems. checking in live with michael finney to hear some of the answers. >> he seemed nervous. i i he knew the gig was up at that point. police say they have the bearded bandit in custody and we have the most he was caught on camera, too. good evening, i'm dan ashley. >> i'm ama daetz. the crime spree started in fremont and spread from gilroy to sacramento. >> alisa harrington is live with
video of the arrest. alisa? stunned residents watched as the bearded bandit was arrested in front of that house, police tell me they believe the crime spree was far from over and he was in town, casing a bank he planned to rob. video captures the moment the bearded bandit is caught. officers followed the black mustang. he gets out and surrendered. the alleged bank robber looked different. >> he did make n aattempt to alter his appearance by shaving his head and some farrell hair. >> reporter: his crime spree came to an end in brentwood. a video shot video of the serial bank robber, handcuffed. >> i said oh, my god. he's getting ready to do something else